Alex Massie

Evangelicals and McCain

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George W Bush wouldn't have beaten Al gore or John Kerry without being able to rally evangelical Christians to the polls. Right now folk are concentrating on McCain's foolish adverts casting Obama as the Paris Hilton of the campaign trail, but given Obama's appeal to moderate voters it's worth remembering that McCain's bigger problem is his continuing inability to rally the Republican base. Doubtless that inability owes something to the fact that neither the candidate nor the evangelical leadership like one another. Still, you'd have thought that they might need to find an accommadation at some point. How's that going? Well, there's still some way to go. Here's James Dobson today:

“Barack Obama contradicts and threatens everything I believe about the institution of the family and what is best for the nation,” Dr. Dobson said.. “His radical positions on life, marriage and national security force me to re-evaluate the candidacy of our only other choice, John McCain. I have not endorsed him, but … I have concluded for the first time that I might. If that is a flip-flop, then so be it.”

Feel the enthusiasm of that "might"! Also note how even members of the Focus on the Family board of directors call Obama "a very attractive candidate" even if they conclude that, sadly, he's rather terribly misguided. This does not seem to bode well for McCain.

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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